Marvel and Netflix have announced 6 supporting actors coming to “Marvel’s Daredevil,” the all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix on April 10, including 2 who will play fan-favorite characters from the Daredevil comic series.
From the comics, Rob Morgan (photo above) will play Turk Barrett, a small-time criminal in Hell’s Kitchen, while Matt Gerald will play Melvin Potter, a machinist caught between a rock and a hard place.
Siding with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) are Peter Shinkoda as Nobu, a Japanese businessman with an agenda all his own; Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao, a powerful woman running her own trade; and Nikolai Nikolaeff and Gideon Emery as Vladimir and Anatoly, 2 Russian brothers looking to forge new names for themselves in America.
“With an already tremendous cast, these six actors help to fully flesh out Matt Murdock’s world and give life to Hell’s Kitchen,” said Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb. “We’ve been blessed to work with such amazing actors on this series to create a truly remarkable first season.”
“It’s an honor to be working with such a talented and diverse group of artists who vividly bring these characters to life,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. “The challenge in bringing ‘villains’ to the screen is always in portraying them as three-dimensional characters. Our actors exceeded all expectations in this regard, crafting deeply flawed, wonderfully human antagonists.”
The 6 supporting actors join the previously announced cast of Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley), Scott Glenn (Stick), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Marianna), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Ben Urich) and Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley) in the critically-lauded cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil.”
“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Rob Morgan’s credits include work on both the big and small screens, from the NBC fantasy drama series “Believe,” to parts in “Pariah,” “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” and more on the big screen. He currently has several indie feature projects in some stage of production. According to the Marvel wiki, the character he has been cast to play in “Daredevil,” Turk Barrett, actually has quite an elaborate history in the Daredevil universe, appearing in several comics, even once confronting Daredevil as one of his aliases, known as the Mauler. Apparently, he has a few other aliases.
Of course, it remains to be seen how much of the character’s comic book story will be incorporated into the Netflix/Marvel Daredevil series.